Poached Pears from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Poached Pears from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast
Poached Pear DelightWe ask our innkeepers to submit their favorite recipes and are  pleased to see that once again, we are all about keeping it local and fresh. Did you know that 84% of the nation’s pears are grown in Oregon and Washington? This Poached Pear Delight comes to you from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast.

More than a dozen bed and breakfasts across the U.S. have whipped up their best holiday recipes in postcard form. Make one every day as a Christmas countdown or print, stamp, and mail, to share deliciousness across the miles. 

Three Oregon Bed and Breakfasts, A’Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast, MaMere’s Guest House & Event Center, and Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast are part of an edible advent calendar! The new book contains 24 print and mail recipe postcards, all of which can be printed for FREE. These recipes are delicious and great for Thanksgiving too so why wait until December 1 to start.

Poached Pears from Chehalem Ridge Bed and Breakfast

2 Large Pears
1/2 Cup Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 cup Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tbsp Hazelnut Granola

  1. Mix orange juice, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small pot and heat over medium heat.
  2. Peel pears and cut in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the core with a melon baller and cut out the upper and lower stem areas with a knife.  Place pear halves, cut side down, in orange juice liquid.
  3. Poach pears, with the liquid barely bubbling, for 4 to 8 minutes.  With a slotted spoon, turn pears and poach for another 4 to 8 minutes, until the pears are softened.  Really ripe pears take less time while harder pears will take longer.
  4. Serve 1 pear half per person with a dollop of vanilla yogurt and a sprinkling of Hazelnut Granola in the hollow of each pear half.
  5. Pro tip: Poached pears wait for no diner.  Well, they can wait, but be sure to leave them in the liquid with the heat off.  After about 10 minutes out of the liquid, they will turn a bit brown and not in the pretty caramelizing way.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS POSTCARD FOR FREE (then print and affix to heavier cardstock, stamp and mail!)

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Nineteen inns, beds and breakfast and boutique hotels across the country have joined together to create Edible Christmas, mailable recipes in the form of postcards as a yummy way to countdown the days till Christmas.

The edible advent calendar offers a new recipe every day from December 1st through Christmas Eve, December 24th, and a whimsy artistic look. The recipe postcards measure 9” across and 6” down and can be printed on a regular-sized sheet of printer paper. One would then affix the design to heavier card stock, stamp, and mail.

The book of postcards is free and may be downloaded or printed at www.EdibleChristmas.com. Recipes include holiday drinks, Christmas cookies, sweet and savory festive entrees, breads,
dressing, and more.

“The idea is to count your blessings, not calories,” says Erin Gilchrist, innkeeper with A’Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast in McMinnville, Oregon. “By making these postcards free to download, we’ve whipped up a way to bring people together, regardless of location and circumstance.” Gilchrist provided two recipes for the postcards: Baked Spiced Oatmeal with Cranberries, Apples and Walnuts and Red Velvet White Chocolate Cake Truffles